12 Easy Genera: An Introduction to Field Identification of Mushrooms
Monday May 6, 2019
In the upstairs studios at the Toronto Botanical Gardens.
Doors open at 7:00 pm; the presentation begins at 7:30 pm
The studios will be open at 7:00 pm for members who wish to bring in mushrooms for identification. This will be followed by a 2-hour PowerPoint presentation beginning at 7:30pm, focusing on common genera of gilled mushrooms, boletes and other fungi which can be identified fairly easily in the field. There will be a short break for refreshments.
The course is available to MST members only (and their family members living at the same address) and will be limited to 85 participants.
Please register by April 30th, 2019. The cost of the course is $10 per person and pre-registration is required. Registration will be checked at the door.
MST members may register on the course signup page.
Your MST is making a big change. After two years of hard work and effort by a team of volunteers, we’re ready to present our plan to become a federally-registered non-profit organization.
The Mycological Society of Toronto has evolved and grown since its start in 1973 as a small club. We're much bigger and more diverse, and our 513 family memberships now include almost 1100 people from all over the province. The needs of the MST as an organization have also changed and grown, and we need to change with them in order to better serve and safeguard our members, volunteers and directors.
Now we need the participation of MST members to complete this process. In order to reach the finish line, we will be voting to adopt a new set of bylaws under the Canada Not-for-Profit Corporations Act.
These new bylaws have been created to observe the requirements of the Act while taking into account the special qualities of the MST. The team has made every effort to maintain the spirit and values of the MST’s existing constitution in the new bylaws. We’re confident that this will build a foundation which will allow the Society to grow into the future and thrive for another 46 years.
The MST that you’re used to won’t change. Membership fees will not increase, our yearly line-up of great forays, events and courses will continue, and our board of directors will still work hard on your behalf.
This is a major event in the history of the MST. We’d very much like to have the support of as many members as possible. At this year’s Annual General Meeting on April 29th the board of directors will ask you to vote to adopt the new non-profit organization and its bylaws.
This is an important moment for the MST and its future. We’re looking forward to seeing as many members, old and new, as possible at this year’s AGM!
How will this affect MST members?
Generally speaking, there will be no effect on MST members. Changes are at the level of the organization and the Board of Directors. The reorganization will not affect the MST's membership fees, programs and services, or daily operations. MST members will be governed by a new set of bylaws which will replace the existing bylaws and Constitution.
What are the benefits of being a non-profit organization?
The primary benefits to the MST of non-profit incorporation are:
- Limited liability for members, directors and volunteers: members and directors of non-profit corporations are shielded from many types of financial and legal liability.
- Eligibility for government and private-sector grants.
- Access to technology (software and services) and programs for free, or at a discounted rate.
- The ability to own property and enter contracts as an organization.
What will members vote on at the Annual General Meeting?
At the MST's Annual General Meeting on April 29th, the Board of Directors will ask the membership to vote on a motion to approve the transition of the Mycological Society of Toronto (the "Unincorporated Club") to a new incorporated non-profit organization under the Canada Not-for-Profit Corporations Act, governed by the proposed bylaws. Members will vote to authorize the transfer, convey, grant, and assign all of the rights, title and interests of the Unincorporated Club in all of its assets, properties and rights in favour of the corporation of "Mycological Society of Toronto" the incorporated successor to the Unincorporated Club, followed by the winding up of the Unincorporated Club.
When will this change take effect?
Provided that the members in attendance at the AGM vote to confirm the reorganization and adopt the proposed bylaws, the change will be effective as of April 30, 2019, at 11:59 pm.
Where can I read the proposed bylaws?
You can read the proposed bylaws in PDF form by clicking the link below:
Read the Proposed Bylaws
Who was involved with this project?
The idea of non-profit incorporation was initially proposed in 2017 by Kevin McAuslan (MST President 2013 — 2017). Kevin and a team of board members continued subsequent work on the project, with help and consultation from key senior members and former directors. Assistance from outside parties was occasionally required.
How can I get answers to other questions?
Due to the success of our Photo Calendar Contest last year, we’re going to give it another go this year!
We had some great entries last year, and hope to do even better this year. Get those cameras out early and get snapping! This year’s deadline will be August 30, 2019, so that we can have calendars available for sale at the Cain foray in September.
We ask that you submit your photographs as digital JPEG files (most common file types used by digital cameras), in as high a resolution as you can provide. Also, the preferable format for photos is “landscape”, or widescreen format, commonly used in most calendars.
MST Photo Calendar Contest Rules
- Contest is open to all MST members in good standing. MST Directors and Contest judges are not eligible to enter competition.
- Photos of any and all species of the kingdom Fungi are acceptable for submission.
- There is a limit of three entries per member; a separate email shall be sent for each entry.
- All entries shall be accompanied by name and contact information of the photographer. (Include location and identification if available).
- Photographs shall be submitted in digital JPEG format, with higher resolutions more desirable, as well as “landscape” format to fit the layout.
- Electronic filename of each photo shall be in the following format: Name of submitter-Species name.jpg (For example: John Smith-Boletus edulis.jpg). Species name is optional, if not known.
- Submitter verifies they are the true original owner of any photos submitted and shall be given credit for the entry, and all photographs submitted shall remain property of the original owner.
- MST shall be granted the right to use and publish photos in calendar or other format, promotional material, website, etc.
- No fees or royalties shall be paid for submissions. At least twelve winning photographs shall be selected, and each winning member shall receive a free copy of calendar.
- All decisions of the judging panel are final.
- By participating in the contest, each entrant agrees to be bound by these competition rules and regulations.
- Deadline for all photo submissions is 11:59 pm, Friday, August 30, 2019. Deadline extended to 11:59 pm, Saturday, September 21, 2019!
Congratulations to our 2018 Photo Contest winners!
Thanks to all the members that submitted a fungi photo to our first-ever photo calendar contest. We received some fabulous submissions, and our panel of judges were able to select the chosen few to be featured in the final project.
Winners are entitled to receive a free copy of the calendar.
2019 Calendar Contest Winners
- Alexander Ostrouchov
- Eric Merwart
- Evan Lewis
- Giancarlo Zoccoletto
- Joel Smith
- Michael Brown
- Nathaniel Russell
- Sheryl McKee
- Tony Vilone
- Viki Mather
- Walt Sturgeon
- Wayne Humphries